Bias against individuals considered to be overweight is pervasive in health care settings. Although scientific understanding of the causes of obesity has advanced in recent years, patients in larger bodies continue to face a great deal of stigma based on outdated and incomplete ideas about willpower, energy balance models, and scolding as a motivator. In this course students will explore the concept of weight stigma as a type of implicit bias, learn how patients experience weight stigma in a variety of settings, and identify concrete strategies for disrupting weight stigma.
Chronic Pain: Therapies, Treatment, and Management Options
Chronic pain afflicts millions of Americans, results from a variety of causes, and contributes to missed work as well as increased financial burden. This course will review common causes of chronic pain, diagnosis and imaging, as well as pharmacologic management and non-pharmacologic treatment options. The learner will also learn the interprofessional roles in the team-based management of chronic pain. The intersection of chronic pain and diversity, equity and special populations will be explored.
The Latest on Ketamine and Esketamine for Treatment Resistant Depression
Depression is a global, widespread mental health disorder, affecting 350 million people. For some, current treatment modalities are not sufficient to support patient needs. This continuing education program will review and synthesize current evidence about the use of glutamate receptor modular medications (ketamine and esketamine) for treatment resistant depression. These medications have shown rapid and significant lifting of mood and suicidal ideation in symptomatic patients. An in-depth discussion of adverse effects, patient selection, treatment and administration protocols, and concerns for patient safety will be presented.
Medication Abortion: A Clinical and Regulatory Review and Update
Recent political activity has precipitated an increased focus on medication abortion as an option for individuals seeking an abortion. This course will teach clinicians and other members of the healthcare workforce about the provision of medication abortion within their scope of practice. Content regarding safe and ethical practice, as well as updated knowledge about the medication abortion regulatory landscape, pharmacology and logistics of medication abortion prescribing and follow up, and medication abortion outcomes data will be presented.
Diagnosis and Management of Red Eye in Primary Care
Patients with red eyes commonly present to primary care providers as their point of entry into the healthcare system. Many primary care providers are less familiar with ocular disease than eye-care professionals and may feel uncomfortable managing these potentially sight-threatening conditions. This course will equip primary, urgent, and emergency care providers with the knowledge and competence needed to examine the eye, as well as diagnose, and manage four common causes of red eyes.
Forensic Evidence Collection: A Victim-Centered Approach
This course reviews forensic evidence collection for sexually assaulted victims. A victim-centered approach with discussion of methods, history-taking, examination, specimen collection, photography, and documentation are taught. Participants will learn to support STI prophylaxis and pregnancy testing, and prophylaxis for sexual assault survivors. All clinicians who work in emergency departments will benefit from taking this course. It specifically meets the requirements for Texas nurses.
Sexual Harassment Prevention for Healthcare Providers
Sexual harassment is unlawful under federal law and under some state laws. This course will teacher the learner behaviors to prevent sexual harassment, how to respond to sexual harassment, and what constitutes sexual harassment. A focus on workers in the healthcare arena makes the content relevant to the intended audience.
Anti-Discriminatory Practice as Cultural Competence with LGBTQIA+ Patient Populations
This in-depth interprofessional course reviews anti-discriminatory practice as a component of culturally competent care of LGBTQIA+ patients. It is important to recognize the impact of the history of discrimination, oppression, and stigmatization of LGBTQIA+ persons on the health outcomes of LGBTQIA+ persons. The role of language in clinical care and LGBTQIA+ affirmative practices will be taught.
Human Trafficking for Healthcare Providers, An Analysis of Cases
This course reviews key concepts related to human trafficking for healthcare providers. Through an analysis of cases, specific attention to risk factors, presentation, identification, management, support, and follow through will be discussed. The student will identify victim support resources in their own community and state.
Chronic wounds do not improve in a predictable or typical trajectory and may persist for months or years. Underlying disease processes, extrinsic factors such as pressure and shear, nutritional factors, age, and comorbid conditions contribute to wound nonhealing. With increased prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and high financial burden associated with chronic wounds, the need to provide evidence-based wound care is imperative. Effective and comprehensive nursing care for people with wounds requires knowledge of wound etiology, presentation, and management. All nurses need more knowledge about the care of wounds. This course will delineate basic wound identification and etiologic description as well as address nonhealing risk factors.
This course is intended to teach healthcare providers the basics of telehealth with examples of encounters that can be accomplished via telemedicine, and “webside” manner. Visit essentials and case studies are explored to optimize the patient experience. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge related to telehealth and telemedicine by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%.
Discussion of the opioid epidemic, pertinent pharmacology, safe prescribing practices, current CDC Opioid guidelines, special populations, and Addiction and Substance Use Disorder. Case Scenarios presented for application.
Necessary Components of Care – Cultural Competence and Humility
This course is intended to teach healthcare providers about the need for cultural humility, as well as the main components of cultural humility. The learner will learn how to initiate the practice of culturally humble care. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge and skills related to cultural humility by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%.
Fundamentals of Alzheimer’s Disease for Healthcare Providers
This course is intended to equip healthcare providers with essential knowledge about Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline. The population is aging, and these diagnoses are growing more common. Nurses need to know the risk factors, presentation, and diagnostic criteria of Alzheimer’s Disease so that they can support their patients across care arenas. Pharmacotherapy, communication strategies, non-drug interventions for behavior support and care planning strategies will also be discussed. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive decline by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%. The course is based on current empirical research and best-known evidence-based practices.
Burnout, Chronic Stress, and Suicidality Among Nurses
This course is intended to equip nurses with the information necessary for effective suicide prevention. By understanding risk and protective factors, trainees will gain increased capabilities at identifying the best course of action when dealing with suicide cases. The course will address suicide statistics, assessment, treatment, and management. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based screening and prevention of suicide by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%. The course is based on current empirical research and best-known evidence-based practices.
This course is intended to equip Healthcare Providers with the information necessary for effective suicide prevention. By understanding risk and protective factors, trainees will gain increased capabilities at identifying the best course of action when dealing with suicide cases. The course will address suicide statistics, assessment, treatment, and management. By the completion of the course, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based screening and prevention of suicide by passing a post-test with a score ≥ 80%. The course is based on current empirical research and best-known evidence-based practices.